We will be interviewing Seattle musician Bill Rieflin today. You may know Bill from his work with REM, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Slow Music, the Blackouts, etc. We’ll be chatting with Bill about his association with Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, a group of 50-60 freely improvising guitarists who will be performing at Washington Hall on May 25. Tune in from 10-12 to hear this interview on the The Shit Show w Jaybo!
"Having helped define prog-rock in the 60s and 70s with his band King Crimson, Robert Fripp has gone on to create different forms of musical expression over the decades. Nearly 30 years ago he formed a course that became the basis of his current musical outlet, The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. This group of guitarists creates improvised music as one – thinking, feeling and moving as one unit operating on a seemingly higher level of consciousness.
The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists are all alumni of Guitar Craft, guitar courses Fripp began in 1985 with the goal of developing relationships with guitar, music and oneself. At GC, students use new standard tuning (C, G, D, A, E, G) and developing a unique picking style. While the school welcomes students without experience, most have been playing guitar a couple years. The intensive classes also feature instruction on relaxed sitting for guitarists who play daily, among other practices. Over 3,000 students have taken the courses held on four continents.
After years of training and discipline, the best guitarists from GC can become part The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, a group whose purpose is the specialized “study in self-organizing properties of complex wholes,” states their website. “A group comes together in service of an aim. At a particular level, each member of the group is that group, and the group may act in and through that person.” - What’s Up Magazine, http://www.whatsup-magazine.com/2014/05/robert-fripp-the-orchestra-of-crafty-guitarists/